Recently I listened to a podcast that featured Dr. Jo Boaler titled ‘Is your mind limitless’. This was divine timing for me as I was recovering from a week-long headache and regrouping my mind, body and soul to prepare for the next week ahead.
I know many of you are thinking, week-long headache, you’re over doing it, but in honesty, my GP believes it is related to my pill prescription and hormones… The joys…
Dr. Jo Boalers thoughts and research is thought provoking. She explained the meaning and definition of neuroplasticity. My understanding is that our brains are ever changing and that we are always capable of learning new things and adapting to changes. She even referred to an 8-week study that was conducted in a nursing home showing that intensive teaching and learning for even older adults, showed great results and positive brain changes.
The fact that our brain is capable of changing is phenomenal. It means, we really can do anything we set our minds to. One of the other core facts I wanted to share is that research shows that when we are in ‘struggle’, the tough times, the hard times, that in fact, this is good.
When we are in struggle, this is the time for extreme growth and breakthrough to greater knowledge. For me, this is timely. This week I too have felt struggle. Struggle with business, struggle with managing kids on school holidays etc.
After listening to this and hearing that ‘struggle’ is the conduit to growth, I relaxed. I welcomed the struggle and continued to opt for my self-care practice. Dr. Jo talks in detail about the benefits of being in struggle and that we should not shame ourselves for being there but embrace it for what it is and the new things we are learning.
Another key point from this podcast was that the talk we tell ourselves, shuts down that part of our brain. Let me give you context…
In the podcast, Dr. Jo refers to maths. If we tell ourselves that we are not good at maths, our brain will naturally reduce its capability to be good a maths. On the other hand, if we embrace the thoughts of neuroplasticity and that we can learn for our entire life, the results are very different.
This podcast was truly jam packed full of such insightful knowledge!
The host asked Dr. Jo ‘what is the most destructive belief we can tell ourselves’?
Dr. Jo’s response was ‘that we are not good enough’.
This made my heart sink as I hear this statement so often in my work as a coach and mentor. To prove to you all that this is a limiting belief, self-sabotage and negative self-talk, researchers have study people’s limits. Upon studying people’s limits, researchers could not find any limits!
Oh please…. DROP THE MIC!
Yes, that is correct… Researchers could not find limits and were shown that when we focus of an outcome, we are very likely to achieve it.
I highly encourage you to listen to this podcast ‘Is your mind limitless’ as part of the Smart People Podcast. I will also be grabbing a copy of Dr. Jo Boaler’s book ‘Limitless Mind, Learn, Lead and Live without barriers’.
Remember, your mind is like plasticine, it’s mouldable, changeable and has the capability of embracing tasks that you set your mind to, even if now you see them as unachievable.
Keep a positive focus, embrace struggle as learning and be kind to yourself.
For those keen to listen, here is the podcast link: https://www.smartpeoplepodcast.com/episode/333-dr-jo-boaler-is-your-mind-limitless/